Maine Moose Hunts

Maine Moose Hunting Drawing – Saturday June 10th. Best of luck hunters. Hunting for your trophy moose with Spruce Mountain Lodge in 2024 will be an experience you will never forget. Some recent history: Maine’s moose herd in 2014 was estimated at 60-70,000. Nationwide, Maine ranks second only to Alaska in moose population. If you’re a winner in the Maine moose lottery, be prepared for the experience hunting of a lifetime. Every year, several moose exceed 1,000 lbs. dressed weight. Trophy racks are not uncommon. Maine Moose Hunting

Each year, the state of Maine issues a number of Moose permits through a lottery drawing. Application for moose permits must be made to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

How to Enter the Maine Moose Lottery

2024 Moose permit lottery applications will be accepted online (only) beginning April 1 until May 15, 2024 at 11:59 pm (ET).

On the online form, you’ll be able to choose your:

WMD Preferences and more options

Which districts you’d be willing to accept a permit in, and if you’d accept a permit in another district if your name is drawn and all of your top choices are filled. See permit allocations for more information.

Hunters holding valid moose permits and their designated subpermittee may hunt moose in one of twenty-five wildlife management districts (WMD’s), which cover over 21,000 square miles. Successful bidders of the moose auction may select the hunting zone of their choice. Learn more about Moose Hunting in Maine, including guided hunting prices and Maine license fees by contacting us for availability or general information. 

Moose Hunting Season Dates and Permit Allocations by Wildlife Management District (WMD)

Please see below for 2024 season dates and permit allocations.

WMD Total Permits Permits by Season
Bull-Only Antlerless-Only WMD 4A – Antlerless Only
9/23/24- 9/28/24 10/14/24- 10/19/24 10/28/24-
10/21/24- 10/26/24 10/28/24- 11/2/24 11/4/24-

625 225 225 175
2 525 175 175 175
3 325 100 100 125
4 500 200 200 100
4A 550 200 150 200
5 375 125 125 125
6 260 100 100 60
7, 13** 140 125, 15
8 350 200 150
9 125 125
10 60 30 30
11 50 25 25
12, 15**
40 25, 15
14, 17** 40 30, 10
18 40 20 20
19 60 30 30
2728** 40 10, 10 10, 10
Total 4,105 1,050  1,595 910  550 

**Hunters drawn for WMD 7 or 13; WMD 12 or 15; 14 or 17; or WMD 27 or 28, may hunt in either district.

Note: this does not include permit numbers for the adaptive unit hunt. Please see Maine’s WMD site for tentative adaptive unit season dates and permit numbers.

We will travel to the district for which your permit is drawn. Get ready for a challenging hunt. Contact Us now for details.

Weather in Maine can change rapidly, so bring warm clothes, rain gear, flashlight, sleeping bag, choice of weapon and personal items. Moose hunters must wear at least one article of fluorescent orange clothing.

Once you have your trophy moose, we can help you arrange for the processing of the meat. We can also make arrangements for you with an excellent taxidermist (a deposit is required for this service, contact us for details). Examples of his work can be seen at our home or at Spruce Mountain Lodge. Please contact us for a brochure, references and complete details.

A Maine resident or non-resident hunting license is required as well as a valid Moose permit. – Click here for Moose hunting and license fees.

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